Fishing Reports

Winter Steelhead Fishing Report

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Blog, Fishing Reports, Nitinat River, Somass River, Sproat River, Stamp River, Today's Catch | 0 comments

Old man Winter didn’t take this season off and that is great news for pursuing the winter run steelhead.  Stamp River fishing has been nothing short of amazing these past few weeks and gets better every day. The river has come into fine form with water levels and colour being perfect for winter steelhead. These fine specimens were caught this morning in the lower part of the river. If you look closely you can see that there are sea lice on these fish… that’s how fresh they are! We have some excellent upcoming fishing dates ahead, both on the weekend and during the week.  Give us a call to inquire about available dates or to book an amazing fishing adventure. Call Nick at 1-250-720-5449 today.





Fall Steelhead starting on October 15th.

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Blog, Fishing Reports, Somass River, Sproat River, Stamp River, Today's Catch | 0 comments


As the salmon season is tapering off, we will get a few more days in for coho and the fall steelhead will start to take focus. Steelhead will really get on the bite as the chinooks and coho start to spawn. The fall is one of the only times throughout the year when steelhead actively feed with an abundance of salmon eggs washing through the gravel. There is typically a good mix of steelhead, cutthroat trout, and coho to catch from mid October till the end of November where we will start to see our first winter runs entering the Stamp River. There is limited availability so if you haven’t booked your trip, give us a call. 1-250-720-5449. Looking forward to fish with you, Nick.

Fishing Report – September 19th 2014

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Blog, Fishing Reports, Nitinat River, Somass River, Sproat River, Stamp River | 0 comments

Fall Salmon 2014.

This is what are guests have been up to! Some great days already happening on the water with some nice catches of Chinook and Coho. The water is very low and clear but the fish are still making their way in the river. DFO have just updated the run size to 40 000 chinook this year and only a couple thousand have entered so far. The next month should see some intense action.
Coho and Chinook season will continue till the late fall till we turn our focus on to steelhead. Bait casting is the method of choice using wool and other various lures to attract them in to biting. Lower river and upper river are seeing good numbers of fish already so the migration is getting into full swing.

We have some availability so if you haven’t booked your trip yet, give us a call. 1-250-720-5449. Looking forward to fish with you. Nick


Fishing Report – August 1st 2014

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Fishing Reports, Nitinat River, Somass River, Sproat River, Stamp River | 0 comments

Steelhead fishing is underway for the the month with the opening of our fall salmon fishery for Chinook and Coho opening on August 25th.  Some nice Steelhead are entering the river now  as they move in with Sockeye into the Stamp River. Aggressive in nature, they will not disappoint when one gets on the line. Light tackle is a lot of fun as the summer runs are very unpredictable and each one may pose a different fight.



Fall salmon for Chinook and Coho is just around the corner starting August 25th. I was at a Fisheries meeting yesterday and got confirmation for retention for Chinook this year as well as Coho. We saw some incredible days last year and are looking for the same as this season approaches. We do have some dates still available and you won’t want to miss out. Call for availability and we can set up your trip. Come fish with us as we are entering our 24th year guiding on local rivers. Our experience is key in making your experience from fun to great! Looking forward to fish with you. Nick Hnennyj, Owner/Operator of West Coast River Charters. 1-250-720-5449.   Updates are on my Facebook page. (West Coast River Charters)



Fishing Report – More Winter Steelhead

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Blog, Fishing Reports, Somass River, Sproat River, Stamp River | 0 comments

March is here and the Winter Steelhead season continues. Good fishing has been going on in all conditions from low water to high water. Nice hatchery fish as well as some wild fish around this year with our biggest fish being an 18lb hatchery and wild slightly smaller around 17lbs.  The Stamp tends to see a couple dandy fish every year. We have days available and there is still time to get a day on the water before licenses expire at the end of the month. We do fish all through April and the first part of May. Quality jet boat and drift trips with West Coast River Charters on the world famous Stamp River. Give us a call today and come fish with over 2 decades of experience.
Nick Hnennyj

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Fishing Report – Winter Steelhead Fishing

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Fishing Reports | 0 comments

With the water levels low and the anticipation of the water bumping up in the next week with the snow and rain in the forecast, it should get things going for the winter season. Steelhead has been excellent in the upper river with lots of nice fish mingling in behind the remaining coho still spawning so good opportunity for good days is still here. Fishing will continue all through the winter so call to book your trip today or give us a call to set up a gift certificate for the fisherman in the family. Till then all the best over the holidays and looking forward to see you over the winter.

Nick Hnennyj


Fall Steelhead Fishing with West Coast River Charters

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Blog, Fishing Reports, Somass River, Sproat River, Stamp River | 0 comments

Great salmon fishing this fall and with  some time to go, we are starting to think about steelhead. Early numbers through Stamp Falls fishway indicate some awesome days ahead. October – November can see some of the best steelhead action of the year so you won’t want to miss out on great fishing. With 23 years on local rivers, we let that lead the way to unforgettable fishing trips. Some space is still available for the end of October and a few spots in November so give us a call today to book your next fishing trip with West Coast River Charters. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Nick.

Fall Fishing is just around the corner!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Blog, Fishing Reports, Somass River, Sproat River, Stamp River | 0 comments

Only a few days before the fall starts up for some tremendous Coho fishing.  Numbers are looking very good with DFO stating that survival is above average for the coming season so some great days are on the way.  We have some limited availability and you won’t want to miss out. Retention is 2 per day and opens on August 25 and we fish well in to October and then switch our focus to steelhead. For updated pictures from our trips, check us out on Facebook and give us a “like”

West Coast River Charters is entering its 23rd year in operation. Come spend a day with Vancouver Islands Premier River Guiding Company. Quality trips with top guides. Looking forward to see you on the water.
Nick Hnennyj

Fishing Report -Winter Steelhead just beginning

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Blog, Fishing Reports | 0 comments

The start of “Winter Steelheading” will be underway in the next month. We are currently fishing for nice “Summer Runs” and will be looking forward to the next part of our fishery. The Winter season last year was one of the best in a few years and judging by the steelhead we are fishing now, it should be a good indication for what is in store over the next few months. In our 22nd year guiding we pride ourselves in hard work and producing some great fishing trips. A nice day on the water over the winter is a great way to spend a day. The boats are equipped with heaters to take the edge off on some of the colder days and it is recommended to dress appropriately for the winter conditions. Steelhead are great fighting fish displaying speed and acrobatics when hooked and a lot of fun to catch. Call to find out availability and to find out more info as we would be happy to answer any questions you may have on what a day on the water entails.

Looking forward to fish with you.

Nick Hnennyj, Owner/operator West Coast River Charters.

Nick Hnennyj

1-250-723-0136 (cell) 1-250-720-5449

Toll free 1-866-839-8411



Summer Steelhead and Fall Salmon

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Blog, Fishing Reports, Somass River, Sproat River, Stamp River, Today's Catch | 0 comments

The summer is almost over and with that we are continuing with phase 1 of our Summer Steelhead run and the start of Chinook and Coho fishing. Some great fishing this past month and we had started to see some Coho and Chinook in the past week so some exciting days are ahead. This year will see some bigger fish coming in as this cycle has the bulk being 4 and 5 year old Chinook. The Coho are always exciting when catching them in shallow water as their explosiveness is breathtaking when you hook one. We have a few days left as well as afternoons, and I would suggest after September 15th as this is the opening for the use of bait if a later start in the day works better for you. Salmon fishing goes till the mid point of October and then phase 2 of our Summer Steelhead kicks in as they sit around and feed on single eggs tumbling on the bottom as Chinooks enter into their spawning cycle. Probably the best time of year for Steelhead on the Stamp River. If you are thinking of a great fishing trip, call to find out availability today. Some great days ahead. Here is one that got caught on our trip today!
Nick Hnennyj
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